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Unprotected sex happens to every woman at least once in her lifetime. Sexual intercourse without any birth control involves a number of risks to your health. We’re going to quickly look into the matter and provide you with simple solutions in case you’ve had unprotected sex.
School-aged women (15-17) in the USA:
70% of girls have never had sexual intercourse.
Young adults (aged 15-24) contract about 10 million new STDs each year, costing about $8 billion in direct medical costs.
About 40% of sexually active teen girls (aged 14-19) have at least one STD.
College-age women in the USA:
67% of women aged 19-25 had unsafe sex after they’d been drinking, according to a study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
Women in long-term or short-term relationships:
About 70% of women who participated in a 2017 survey said they had unprotected sex at least once. 63% said it was a deliberate decision, while 7% said it was a mistake.
The ladies who didn’t use contraception during sex said it was so because:
They were drunk - 30%
They didn’t have any on hand - 23%
They used it but it failed - 22%
They didn’t want to kill the mood - 19%.
Unprotected sex is only OK when you have one partner, no STDs, and you’re trying for a baby. Otherwise the direct consequences of unprotected sex may be:
Sexually transmitted infections and diseases
There are quite a lot of STIs such as AIDS (it is non-curable), HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, and much more. The only birth control method that is able to protect from STIs is a condom. If you have had unsafe sex and suspect this might be the case, get checked at the nearest clinic ASAP.
It doesn't matter if you’re on your period, or any other day of the cycle, or whether it's your first time, there is still a risk of unwanted pregnancy in the case of unsafe sex. You can take emergency contraception right after the intercourse, buy a pregnancy test, and see your healthcare provider.
If you don’t have a reliable partner, have multiple partners, or are trying to avoid pregnancy, you should also avoid unprotected sex.